Me Made May 2017: Week 1

It’s May! And if you are involved in the sewing world, you know it’s time to bring out all the handmade pieces and get ready for a bunch of awkward pictures of ourselves! This is the third year I’ve participated in Me Made May, and I love the challenge. It’s a great chance to encourage each other, and I think of it as a fun time to find new patterns to sew, since you get to see what people wear on a daily basis. I’ve been stalking the Turia Dungarees and the Maritime Shorts have been added to my sewing list!

I’m doing a daily post over on Instagram (@trishstitched) and throughout the month, I’ll be doing weekly re-caps of each day here on my blog!

Day 1: Sewing Day! I wore a Handmade Lark Tee and Seamwork Oslo Cardigan with a pair of RTW shorts from Target. Both these makes are unblogged, but both have been made this year.

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Day 2: The past two weeks I was on call for jury duty and Tuesday I got the call into court. This was my second time being called for jury duty so I knew it was going to be a long day of sitting. I didn’t have any handmade items that could pass off for business causal, that I would be warm in, so my handmade’s came after I got home. I changed into a pair of Seamwork Aires for the rest of the day. (Another item unblogged, but I wrote about another version of them here.

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Day 3: Another sewing day, which means I dress pretty casual. I wore my first woven version of the Lou Box Top, blogged about here. I’ll be wearing all my versions of the Lou Box Top this May!

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Day 4: Seamwork Astoria! When I go to work on my parent’s farm, I tend not to wear me-made’s because my farm clothes get really dirty, and go through tough work. There are some pieces I don’t mind wearing, and I wear so many more me-made’s in summer because I have a lot more work- friendly options. But we will see how far I get this May with work clothes! Also featuring my 7 month old niece, Molly!

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Day 5: A really crappy day on the farm. It poured all day long and was pretty cold. I wore a shortened Seamwork Neenah (unblogged) and my Kelly Anorak .

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Day 6: Floral Astoria ( link above) and my first pair of Ginger Jeans. This pair is no where near perfect but they are pretty comfy.

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Day 7: My new pair of Ginger’s and a me made tank. Sunday’s are my day’s with Drew, but next week I’ll be starting to work Sunday mornings so this was our last day alone for a few months. We had a nice day of food shopping, shoe shopping for Drew and watching tv.

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While I tend to wear handmade items almost every day, I find taking photos of some of my outfits boring because they feel plain. I think for the remainder of May I will try to dress a little nicer when I’m home just so I’m not in leggings constantly! Are you guys participating? How did your first week go?

Cargo Ginger Jeans & Fashion Revolution

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I’m sharing a project that has been on my mind for months.

When I first graduated college, and was still living at home, I was able to save some money to spend on clothing. I’ve always been very careful about spending, and take time to buy something I really want. I found a pair of green cargo pants that were made with sustainable materials, from an eco friendly fashion site just starting out. They were around $50, so I was pretty happy to purchase. A month after purchasing, I didn’t receive my pants. I was somewhat devastated – I saved all this money, carefully found the perfect pants and now I don’t get them? I contacted the company and the CEO called me trying to explain. She didn’t really apologize, didn’t really say much of anything, just that the order was on the way. So you could say I was pretty turned off by the entire experience.

Eventually I got my pants. And they were too big. It was such a hassle to get them, I figured if I returned, it would take forever to get my money back. So I kept them, and wore them even though the waist was way too high and large. I don’t wear them very often, but always had a vision of making my own pair- that actually fit. And as far as I know, the company is no longer selling apparel.

With this dream of making cargo pants, I bought Kauffman Stretch Twill from Fabric.com back in December. I didn’t want to attempt these pants until I finished a second pair, so I would have a little more experience. Jeans sewing is still very new to me, and with each pair I make, I’m getting closer to the perfect fit. My last pair was pretty close because I was able to lower the rise and take some inches out of the waistband. The fit came out SO MUCH BETTER than my first pair, but I took a little too much out of the rise, and the waistband was still a little large. For this pair, I added a little more to the rise, and took an extra inch out of the waist.

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Clearly these are very tight. I’m pretty sure it’s because the fabric is twill, not denim and there wasn’t as much stretch as my previous pairs. But even with that, they are comfortable and over time I know they will be worked in. I wanted to add some detail to the pants, but didn’t want to make them too overdone. I added some textured pockets in back, and a pocket to the leg.

For the back pockets, I pretty much stole the idea from Suzy Bee Sews. Her pockets came out awesome and I had to have them for my own behind. I made up the pockets as I went, so I’m sorry there’s not a guideline for doing it yourself, but it’s rather easy to play around with.

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For the side pocket, I roughly followed the tutorial on Imagine Gnats Site from Dandelion Drift. I used the shape of the pocket, but added a center pleat for interest. The original pocket was too large to sew onto my thigh so I cut it down a few inches all around and closed it with a few snaps.

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I still have a fear of installing the grommets on my jeans. I had an issue installing the button and needed Drew to hammer it in, so grommets freak me out. Since they are the very last step, the LAST thing I want to do is make a hole I can’t cover. I’m actually looking into grommet hardware because I want to add grommets to some handbags, so eventually all my handmade jeans will have more hardware.

If you follow me on Instagram (@trishstitched) you would have seen my pretty floral pockets! The fabric came from a stash I found when cleaning out my grandparent’s house. They were napkins, and now they will line the pockets to my favorite pants.

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In other news, it’s Fashion Revolution Week! I wrote a post about it last year, which is still very, very relevant- feel free to read! This is a cause very near to my heart. I am still on my way to a 100% me made wardrobe and have come pretty far within a year. I’ve been working hard on my handmade jean collection, and my basics like t-shirts as well. I’ve made a bra, but still need to work on undergarments. It’s a long process, but well worth it to me.

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{Pictured here are my Cargo Ginger Jeans, Kelly Anorak, and Copy & Paste Tank}

If you are interested in learning about the subject, I recommend watching The True Cost on Netflix. It is an informative and eye-opening documentary, and a good place to start to learn about the real fashion industry.

Me Made May & Refashioned Dress to Cardi

Happy May! I didn’t have the chance to post this in April but I am participating in Me Made May again this year! I pledge to wear at least one handmade item every day in the month of May. My pledge is the same as last year. Handmade items will include refashions, handbags, and scarves. I’ve added a lot of casual pieces over the past year as that was the major gap I discovered when doing Me Made May last year. I love making dresses and skirts but just don’t get to wear them every day. I’m happy I have jeans to add to my collection of handmade this year!

I was going through my handmade wardrobe and realized I never shared this refashion I did back in February. I received this dress as a gift and thought the print was really cute and the fabric is this comfy knit but the dress didn’t sit properly on my body. I kept it in my closet for the longest time and every so often I would pull it out and try it on in hopes that it magically altered itself to fit perfectly. Well that didn’t happen and I was tired of it sitting there so I altered it myself. I was debating just cutting the top off for a skirt but I wouldn’t get any wear out of it. Then I thought about just doing a peplum top but realized I was lacking in cardigans in my wardrobe. So that’s what this piece became.

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This refashion was so easy! I measured a few inches down from the gathered waist and cut the bottom of the dress off. (I did leave a half inch to hem) Then I marked the top in the middle of both side seams and cut again. If the dress was a little bigger, I could have added buttons to close the cardi – but it’s a great option if you have an oversized dress!

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My favorite part about this dress was the little keyhole in back and I kept it as a cute little detail.

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I think this is a great refashion option for dresses that may be too short. I do have quite a bit of fabric from the bottom that I’m not sure what to do with yet. I might make a tank top.

I’ll be posing my Me Made May outfits every week but if you want to follow along daily: @trishstitched on instagram is where I’ll be!

Me Made May 2015

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to make decisions right? I have been thinking about the Me Made May challenge for a while but didn’t want to commit because I really didn’t think I could wear handmade for an entire month. I mostly have dresses and skirts, not so many casual clothes so when I work on the farm, it might be a little difficult to wear handmade. But I’ve decided to try- even if it means just wearing a handmade scarf or bag.

‘I, Trish at trishstitched.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2015’

You can follow my Me Made May posts more frequently on Instagram (@trishstitched) and I will probably post a review after each week.

*For those who want to find out a little more about Me Made May, click here!*

I didn’t have a picture for this post, so here’s one of my sewing machine!

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